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Palestinian kids detail abusive interrogations, arrests

Basic rights that are inalienable for Israeli kids are at best a privilege for Palestinian kids in the OPT. Testimonies of arrested Palestinian children shed light on the Israeli army’s worrisome practices.

By Fady Khoury

Sodier arresting child in Beit Omar, 2010 (Anne Paq / Activestills)

Sodier arresting a child in Beit Omar, 2010 (Anne Paq / Activestills)

On the back of the 47th anniversary of the Israeli occupation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), one aspect that is worth shedding the light onto is the Palestinian children arrests by the Israeli armed forces. They are a routine occurrence and are filled with human rights violations throughout their different stages. The manner in which these arrests are executed and what occurs inside the interrogation rooms, however, is not properly exposed. Basic rights that are guaranteed to every suspect inside Israel, not to mention the protections that are specifically tailored for child suspects, are not accorded to Palestinian children who find themselves detained and interrogated by the Israeli occupation agents in the OPT.

DCI-Palestine (Defense for Children International – Palestine Section) gathered in 2013 testimonies from Palestinian children who were arrested by the Israeli military and studied 107 arrests made in the OPT. From these testimonies arose a glaring and shocking pattern of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, which include: physical and mental abuse; verbal and physical violence; sexual harassment; threats of violence, and; humiliation. Sometimes these practices are aimed at getting confessions from these children and at times, they do not serve any apparent purpose, and are done for their own sake.

Chart: Palestinian children's arrests in the West Bank and East Jerusalem – 2013 (DCI-Palestine)

Chart: Palestinian children’s arrests in the West Bank and East Jerusalem – 2013 (DCI-Palestine)

 

Adalah took 21 of these 107 arrests and examined in depth the testimonies that were taken from the 16- to 17-year-old children. The hardships that Palestinian children face begin with the arrest itself. At this point the child is completely under the mercy of the arresting soldiers. Whereas in most cases, the children’s testimonies include a similar account of the practices applied in the interrogation room, they differ in their depiction of the arrests, which entail an array of human rights infringements, but are still equally disturbing.

Generally, the arrest is carried out by dozens of soldiers in the middle of the night. Once the minor is identified, plastic handcuffs are placed on his hands, he is blindfolded and then led on foot to a military vehicle that is hundreds of meters away.

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In some cases, the soldiers broke through the front door of the house before the family had a chance to open it. One child was kicked by a soldier while sleeping and was handcuffed for half a day, and as a result, his semi-amputated finger was infected and he had to undergo a surgical procedure that resulted in full amputation. Another child was picked up from his bed while sleeping and immediately handcuffed. Any attempt by the parents of these children to talk with the soldiers triggered violence toward the residents of the house.

In one testimony, the child stated that after he was identified at the entrance of his home, one soldier pulled him violently and pushed him against an outside wall from which a metal faucet stuck out and hurt his back. He then screamed in pain, which led three soldiers to brutally beat him. Later on, he was brought into the living room and his family was put in another room. Another four arrested Palestinian children were brought in to watch while he was harshly beaten to coerce him to confess to his and the other four children’s involvement in throwing stones. After he confessed, which later he recanted, he was led to the military vehicle. He was thrown by the soldiers, who had kicked and beaten him using their rifle butts all the way.

In the case of another child, upon his arrival to the detention center in Hawara Camp, the soldiers seated him on the ground and began taking pictures of him with their smart-phones (similar to past incidents, a few of which were reported on +972mag here and here). Another child reported that after arriving to the detention center he was put in a big container. The soldier who was in charge of guarding him kicked him, took photos of him and sent them to a female with whom he talked on his phone.

Another kid, who even after three weeks under arrest still had visible handcuffs wounds on his wrists, described in his testimony the ill-treatment he endured, which entailed physical and verbal abuse from the soldiers, who shoved and knocked him down for no reason. One soldier grabbed his neck in a chokehold and during the drive from where the arrest took place to the detention center, which took about an hour and half. He was ordered to bury his head between his knees which according to him was very painful. Every time he would attempt to adjust his sitting on the floor of the military vehicle, the soldier sitting next to him would shout at him, push him and shove his head back violently between his legs. Furthermore, he reports that once they arrived at the detention center, the soldiers led him on food for approximately 200 meters, during which time they would trip him and pick him up forcefully, scream in his ears for no reason and one soldier even “farted in [… his] face.”

After the arrest, at the investigation stage, the testimonies show a worrisome pattern, which includes using improper interrogation methods that were deemed illegal in a 1999 Israeli Supreme Court ruling. Such methods include the Shabach position, in which the detainee is placed on a low metal chair while his arms are tightly handcuffed behind him in an unnatural and contorted way so that they had to support his weight. Others include the deprivation of toilet access, food and water, threats of sexual violence and infliction of harm to family members, verbal violence and even actual physical violence.

This is all in addition to the poor conditions in which the detained children are held. They are often held in solitary confinement for a period of several days to several weeks, in very small cells that include two small air ducts, a floor mattress and toilet, which badly smell, rough walls on which one is unable to lean, and a yellow light that hurts the eyes and never goes off. During this time, the child does not see the light of day, is not accompanied by his parents, who are often not informed during the arrest what the charges are and where their son is being taken, and is not allowed to meet with a lawyer.

All these practices are aimed at forcing a confession out of the child. It is worth mentioning that the detained children are not informed of their right to remain silent or to consult with an attorney. In one case, when a child asked to see a lawyer, he was told, “[that] is not allowed.”

The accounts that the Palestinian children provided of their arrests, and of which I mentioned only a few, leave the reader appalled and terrified. These kids endure what international law refers to as Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading treatment. On the other hand, Israeli children who are suspected of committing criminal acts are provided with an array of protections according to international standards adopted in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the basis of which is the child’s best interest.

Israeli children are informed of their legal rights: the right to remain silent, the right to consult with an attorney and that an attorney be informed of their interrogation. Every minor-suspect in Israel is entitled to have his/her parents be informed of the arrest, and have their parents present during their interrogation. Furthermore, the law in Israel prohibits interrogating children during nighttime and no child is to be handcuffed in the public domain during their arrest. Additionally, the child is granted visits of first degree family members and has the right to talk to them via phone on a regular basis. In no circumstances is it allowed to expose detained children to physical or verbal violence and threats as means of forcing confessions. It also goes without saying that the Shabach position is not to be used under any justification.

Those rights that are inalienable for Israeli kids are at best a privilege for Palestinian kids in the OPT.

Fady Khoury is an attorney at Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.

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    1. BaladiAkka 1948

      An Australian documentary from Channel ABC programmed in February 2014 about the mistreatment of Palestinian children by the Israeli occupation forces.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QGguGU74BI
      There’s an interview with 5-years old Wadia’ Mashwadeh: he’s traumatized, and doesn’t want to live in al-Khalil any longer. And I didn’t say that’s the reason for mistreating Palestinian children, to make them want to leave, but it could be…

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    2. Rab

      This is a propaganda outfit.

      If you want to understand the complexity of the situation Israel faces, here’s a NY Times (no friend to Israel, this newspaper) story from 5 months ago:

      “When the Palestinian teenager in a red sweater and blue jeans reached the front of the long line and began approaching the Israeli soldiers at this West Bank checkpoint on Wednesday, he immediately aroused suspicion.

      The soldiers were on high alert. Just last week, troops at this same checkpoint, on a main road leading south from the chaotic city of Nablus, captured an 11-year-old boy with a bomb hidden in his bag.

      On Wednesday, the soldiers suspected that the youth had something under his sweater and responded immediately, pointing their automatic rifles at Hussam Abdo, who later gave his age as 14, while his family said he was 16.

      Palestinian teenagers have taken part in attacks against Israelis throughout the three and a half years of fighting. The youngest suicide bomber to date was a 16-year-old from Nablus.”

      http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/25/international/middleeast/25BOY.html

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      • Philos

        NYT is no friend of Israel? (Face palm and walks away laughing, shaking head)

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      • Baladi Akka 1948

        Your NYT story is not from 5 months ago. It clearly states March 2004 !
        And CAMERA is simply not a source, it’s a extremist Zionist organization just like NGO Monitor, MEMRI, Palwatch etc.

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        • Vadim

          1. “a extremist Zionist organization”. LOL. What’s an extremist Zionist organization, is it an organization that REALLY REALLY wants the Jews to have a state?

          2. It’s a source. You may find it suspicious, but it’s a source non the less. People here cite Ma’an and they wrote about Settlers using wild boars to attack Arabs. So – do you have anything to say about what’s written in the site or are you content with the “extreme zionist” nonsense?

          http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=630514

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        • Rab

          CAMERA is extremist? You mean that whenever you disagree with the views of an organization, they are “extremists?” Let me help you with this. I call the organizations in this article propaganda machines because they misrepresent and distort facts regularly. You are welcome to show how the information CAMERA provides is false. They usually do a very thorough job or providing information and sources.

          As for the date of the article, I was in a hurry and saw the 4 at the end and assumed it was 2014. My bad. Here is a more recent Palestinian teen involved in a bombing.

          http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Israel_jails_teen_bomber_Mohammed_Mafarja_for_25_years

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          • Baladi Akka 1948

            Of course, CAMERA is extremist, except to other Zionist extremists.
            CAMERA has been trying to place its staff on wikipedia’s board in order to influence the content, something clearly contrary to the rules of wikipedia. Original e-mail exchanges in this article (cf. the sourcewatch-article below too)
            http://electronicintifada.net/content/ei-exclusive-pro-israel-groups-plan-rewrite-history-wikipedia/7472
            CAMERA ON CAMPUS has also been involved in harassment on campus of various teachers such as Joseph Massad, Nadia Abu El-Haj, Norman Finkelstein etc. Compared to the physical violence against Palestinian intellectuals in Palestine, it’s not a big deal, though…
            http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=CAMERA

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          • Rab

            Hahahahahahaha! You are quoting Electronic Intifada in your critique of CAMERA?

            What a joke. And the Wikipedia article is dominated by EI’s article’s supposed scoop. As if professionals from Palestinian groups don’t hover at Wikipedia!!!

            Now seriously, try to find an example of material where they don’t provide serious sources for their information. Otherwise, please keep quiet. I would take CAMERA’s information over EI’s or Mondoweiss 7 out of 7 days of the week.

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          • Baladi Akka 1948

            Nope, I didn’t quote ElectronicIntifada. I clearly stated that the original e-mails incriminating CAMERA was in the article (PDF).

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          • Rab

            The pdf does not prove that CAMERA is extremist or that its views are false.

            It merely indicates that it is well aware that anti-israel groups are already targeting Wikipedia and it wants to do the same. And your source is EI.

            Let me know when you have substantive criticism against CAMERA for being either extremist or wrong.

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      • Reza Lustig

        How, exactly, is it a security risk or a concession to terrorism to call a kid’s parents in if they are arrested, or a lawyer to let them know what constitutes an abuse of their rights? Or to inform them of why they’ve been arrested? Or to let them use the bathroom every once in a while? Or to NOT physically or verbally abuse them?

        Even for their children, I suppose, The Other has no inalienable rights. Only privileges, which the entire class must forfeit if a few kids throw spitballs.

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      • andrew r

        Another four arrested Palestinian children were brought in to watch while he was harshly beaten to coerce him to confess to his and the other four children’s involvement in throwing stones.

        Another child reported that after arriving to the detention center he was put in a big container. The soldier who was in charge of guarding him kicked him, took photos of him and sent them to a female with whom he talked on his phone.

        Thank God these brave Jewish soldiers are keeping us safe from the exploding children.

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        • Ginger Eis

          Andrew R. if you were smart, you would have seen the falsehood of the allegation in the allegation itself. You see, Andrew R., the “child” claimed that “The soldier who was in charge of guarding him kicked him, took photos of him and sent them to a female with whom he talked on his phone”. Now, Andrew, (a) what evidence do you have that “the child” was “kicked” by the soldier? How would the child know that the soldier (b) “sent photos” to anyone and that that anyone is (c) “a female” (who may be his superior)? Are you this gullible, Andrew? If you don’t know something for sure, why use that as a basis to go off on a rant against Israel? Doesn’t your attitude show bias on your part?

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    3. Ginger Eis

      Hypocrites!

      “Palestinian armed groups have repeatedly shown total disregard for the most fundamental human rights, notably the right to life, by deliberately targeting Israeli civilians and by using Palestinian children in armed attacks. Children are susceptible to recruitment by manipulation or may be driven to join armed groups for a variety of reasons, including a desire to avenge relatives or friends killed by the Israeli army” (https://www.amnesty.org/ar/library/asset/MDE15/033/2005/ar/8f78bbf4-fa1e-11dd-999c-47605d4edc46/mde150332005en.html). This finding is also supported by investigations carried out by ‘The Coalition To Stop The Use Of Child Soldiers’, Human Rights Watch, etc. Indeed, ‘until the Arabs learn to love their children more than the hate Israel, there won’t be peace and the innocents on both sides will continue to suffer’.

      It is well documented that the Palestinian society organizes its children aged 11-18 as foot soldiers of “the resistance”. Tens and hundreds of Israeli civilians have been killed by Palestinian child-soldiers – in the most savage manners e.g. by suicide-bombings, cutting the victims’ throats with knives, etc. The Fogel-family is an example of the later. The youngest of the victims was a 3-MONTH old baby. The baby’s throat was cut and she was bleed-out, (a moment of silence for them, pls.)! The perpetrators were (1) a Palestinian CHILD of 17yrs and another Palestinian CHILD of 18yrs. But the most heart wrenching of the pathology of the Palestinian society’s violence is the use of the mentally challenged (including children) and women suspected of adultery/fornication as weapons of death against Israel. This way the Palestinians kill 2-birds with one stone – they kill Israelis and in the process solve economic and social burden placed on them by the child-killers’ disability or restore their phony honor in the case of a woman accused of infidelity.

      Israel will continue to do her best in a very difficult situation to protect the lives of her innocent civilians and minimize as humanly as possible the damage caused to the children used by their own society as foot-soldiers of the resistance. Ultimately, the one who bears the (most) responsibility for the suffering of (innocent) children caught in the cross-fire is the Palestinian society itself, the grown coward Arab men who won’t fight their own battle but instead hide behind their women and send their own children to go and harm, maim and kill innocent people they never met before, while crying for the alleged mistreatment of their children and begging for help, not for the children, but to fulfill their dream of destroying Israel. What a bunch of low-lives!

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        • Rab

          what silence?

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      • Jan

        If you don’t want Jews in the West Bank to be killed or injured then end the damned occupation. 47 years is 47 years too many.

        People who have been brutalized will turn against those who have brutalized them and whether or not you want to believe it, Israel has a long and sorry record of brutalizing the Palestinians.

        If the Fogel family had stayed back behind the Green Line where they belonged that family would still be alive. Their murder was a heinous crime but when you bring your children into the West Bank you should not expect to live a life of peace.

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        • Vadim

          “People who have been brutalized will turn against those who have brutalized them…”

          Don’t make excuses for the violent behavior of the Palestinians for the past decades.

          Jews were brutalized for centuries, we were persecuted wherever we were, we were butchered, maimed and slaughtered.

          How many Jews exploded in German cafes? In Polish buses? How many Jews butchered entire English families? How many civilian airplanes did we hijack?

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          • Reza Lustig

            Don’t make excuses for a military occupation that you know has gone on too long. Why should Israelis get to hold the Holocaust over the heads of people who have no responsibility for it? The Israeli government is responsible for its actions, and no amount of Jewish suffering in the past gives you moral carte blanche half a century later.

            Yours is not to condemn the people you piss on and victimize for fighting you. Yours is to stop pissing on them and victimizing them, and then expecting to get something for it.

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          • Vadim

            I see you totally misunderstood what I said.

            My point was this – Jews were brutalized BUT did not choose a path of violence and hatred. Yes, we had a few strides in that direction, but they were few and not generally accepted. In the end, people make their choices and must take responsibility for their choices.

            Palestinians CHOSE violence as a path. For decades Palestinian “resistance” meant nothing but violence. There are sprouts of change now, signs on non violent resistance, but it only comes in addition to armed resistance, not instead of it.

            Now, pay attention. I didn’t say our suffering justifies anything. I didn’t say Palestinians don’t suffer. All I say is that their path is a choice they MADE and continue to make each day.

            You must know that the situation was not always like this. In the 80s and early 90s things looked entirely different. Almost no restrictions, halfheartedly manned checkpoints, almost no blockades, nothing. Arabs worked in Israel, Israelis shopped in Nablus. What changed it? The same choice – violence.

            Ending the “occupation” is not something Israel can do unilaterally (we saw it in Gaza and Lebanon). We need the other side to agree. They don’t seem too eager… Maybe, destroying Israel is more important.

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          • andrew r

            My point was this – Jews were brutalized BUT did not choose a path of violence and hatred.

            The Zionist movement itself was a reaction to the persecution of the Russian Jews, so what revenge they weren’t able to exact back then, the Palestinians are bearing the brunt of. Anyone can see the basic goal of a Jewish demographic state was not possible without violence.

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          • Rab

            Um, Zionism goes back to Babylonian exile.

            But if you’re referring to modern political Zionism, Herzl was not Russian and the Dreyfus trial which inspired him was not held in Russia.

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        • Ginger Eis

          Sir, your death threat against Jews in the Land Of Israel is loud and clear. But you see, sir, only a suicidal mouse threatens the Tiger! You are here because we let you exist here and we can get rid of you if you make it absolutely necessary! You owe your continued existence on this land to us. Make thus NO mistake about the following:
          a. there is no “occupation”;
          b. Jews will eternally live, multiply and prosper in Judea & Samaria and defend themselves there;
          c. when you and your people are ready for peace, Israel will be the first at the negotiation table. Until then,
          d. the responsibility for what happens to the teenage “children” you and your fellow Muslim-Arabs intentionally ORGANIZE and send to harm, maim and murder ‘them Jooz’ rests squarely on your own shoulders!

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          • directrob

            Should not a state treat prisoners and suspects with respect and as human beings with rights, the more so if they are children, whatever they have done?

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          • Rab

            Of course it should. Do you have an objective source that verifies that Israel does not?

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          • Reza Lustig

            Do you have an “objective source,” without margin for error or bias, that indicates the DCI-Palestine report is false? And I don’t mean whether or not NGO Monitor or whoever else thinks the group that put it out is “anti-semitic,” I mean a rebuttal of this specific report.

            Short of a Vulcan, or a robot, there is no such thing as an “objective source.” Every source is biased, in some way, and everyone will find something objectionable about every source.

            Your reaction to the report (shooting the messenger), to me, is like when hardline “Marxist-Leninists” label Human Rights Watch as “Imperialists” for criticizing the Cuban and Venezuelan governments, rather than actually disproving what they say.

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          • Rab

            The person who heads DCI-“Palestine” is Rifat Kassis, a life-long anti-Israel activist who is one of the members of the Kairos blood libel organization’s attack on Israel.

            Anything else you need to know?

            As I said, find an objective source and I’ll listen.

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          • Reza Lustig

            So far, I’ve found nothing (even in the link NGO Monitor provides) proving the man in question has ever accused Jews of using the blood of gentile children to make matzo bread. You can’t take every allegation of the IDF murdering civilians, and expect that crying “blood libel” will make it go away.

            I asked for a refutation of THIS SPECIFIC REPORT. You have not given me one.

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          • Rab

            My refutation to this report is that it is “researched” by an organization led by a rabid life-long anti-Israel activist who is a member of an organization that uses aggressive theology to deny Israel’s right to exist. What more do you need to know?

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          • Reza Lustig

            So far, I’ve found nothing indicating that he denies Israel’s right to exist. He supports BDS, if that’s what you mean, which is (to most people) very different. And as for “vicious,” that’s subjective.

            Your “refutation” is not a refutation at all; it’s shooting the messenger. I once again bring up the example of extreme leftists who “refute” Human Rights Watch’s criticism of the conduct of the Venezuelan government by crying “IMPERIALISTS! AMERICAN AGENTS!”

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          • Bar

            Listen, if you want to pretend that you’re reading facts when you read a document composed by a strident anti-Israeli organization led by an experienced activist who believes in the evil of Israel (not just politically, but religiously)and who openly seeks the country’s destruction, then suit yourself. Some people will believe anything.

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          • Reza Lustig

            It is up to YOU to prove, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that I am NOT reading “facts.” That’s how discourse works. The report is accurate until proven otherwise.

            “…a strident anti-Israeli organization…”

            So should I instead rely on the reports of strident PRO-Israeli organizations (like CAMERA)?

            “Some people will believe anything.”

            Right back at you and Rab.

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          • Bar

            Uh, no, the report isn’t accurate until proven otherwise. The report is a work of fiction until proven otherwise.

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          • Reza Lustig

            Says who, you? Debate works like this: you make a point, then the other guy replies/rebuts/refutes, and so on and so forth, and when you want to refute a point you have to do just that; not attack the source. And if Rab thinks CAMERA (which has been called out as a partisan special interest group with an agenda) qualifies as a credible source in this matter, I don’t see why DCI-Palestine doesn’t. It’s a two-way street.

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          • Bar

            So if David Duke publishes a paper today “proving” that Jews have big noses, you would accept it at face value and I’d have to refute it by proving it’s false?

            Nah, I’d rather laugh you out of the room.

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          • Reza Lustig

            First, you are, in effect, comparing an organization that advocates for children’s safety with the KKK. Maybe you find accusations of war crimes against the IDF, and support for BDS, in and of themselves, monstrous hate crimes, but not everybody else does. Thus, you used a false analogy. That’s like if I responded to something written by Richard Landes by saying “I don’t have to argue with this; you’re just another Jewish supremacist arab-hater like Meir Kahane!”

            Second, yes you would have to refute whatever the other man is saying in a formal debate. Even if this is not, you and Rab have shown that your only response to the above report is to shoot the messenger with comparisons and accusations only you find convincing.

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          • Bar

            First of all, I am Rab.

            Second, I am definitely comparing Kassis to a David Duke. You may not like that and you may wish to dream up a scenario wherein he Kassis and his organization are just some sort of NGO that cares about children, but in fact this man is an anti-Zionist, anti-Israel activist who is aligned with Christian theological views that, to be understated, are scornful of Jews (not Zionists, Jews!). If you want to claim that despite this deep political and religious bias, he and his organization can produce anything about Israel that shouldn’t be read with a tired and jaded eye, then you’re deluding yourself.

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          • Reza Lustig

            So I guess the rumors were true about certain users here.

            Perhaps you’d like to give me some proof that Kassis is an anti-semitic Christian fundamentalist, as opposed to just telling me and expecting me to just take what you say at face value. And, once again, I don’t think condescension or superior attitudes help anything.

            Still waiting for 100% unfalsifiable evidence these abuses never happened, by the way.

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          • Bar

            What rumors? I’ve been open about being Rab since the beginning of using that name. For some reason Bar stopped being able to post, so I used Rab (Bar backwards…) so as not to confuse anybody.

            Regarding Kassis’ bio, it’s available anywhere on the Net. He is a co-founder of Kairos and their ideology is clearly anti-Jewish and uses Christian theology in part to undermine Jewish connection and right to the land as well as to “educate” other Christians about why the Jewish case is weak from a Christian theological standpoint.

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          • Rab

            ISM is an objective source?

            That video tells you anything at all? It actually refutes the claims made above.

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          • Ginger Eis

            (1st Post). In addition to the excellent points already made by Rab, I would like to add the following: (a) nothing is known about the expertise/qualifications of individuals who “gathered” the alleged “testimonies”, their experience in law enforcement and youth care, where and how they gathered their data, etc. (b) There is no evidence that the alleged “testimonies” were ever given and if they were given that the process in which they were given was appropriate and if said process was appropriate that what is alleged in this article reflects what the author was told and that even if the author reflects what he was told, that that which he was told was not at best detrimentally embellished and/or at worst fabricated, etc. (c) The allegations are completely uncorroborated and lacks adequate factual basis. No attempt was made to contact the Israeli authorities to verify/corroborate the accounts and figures provided in the article. These are but a few glaring examples that testify to the fact that the article at issue is nothing more than a propaganda tool in the dirty war of smear and misinformation against Israel. This link show how “DCI-Palestine” falsifies and publishes data: http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_print=1&x_context=3&x_outlet=17&x_article=2463. But this is not the only problem with the article. As I will show in the rest of my post, the totality of the article contains material falsehood (see 2nd-4th posts).

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          • Ginger Eis

            (2nd Post). The totality of the article alleges that “Palestinian kids endure what international law refers to as Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading treatment”. This allegation is – on the face of it – false: (a) As to “hand ties and leg ties”: ‘hand ties/cuffs’ are standard practice by arrests in all countries. Leg cuffs/ties/chains may be used if there is reasonable fear that the arrestee will seek to escape, injure himself/others or to restrain a violent/resisting arrestee and may cause physical pain. In some countries leg-shackles are standard practice. However, these practices in no way constitute Torture, Cruel or Inhuman/Degrading treatment under International law. Israel is MORE HUMANE than most Western countries re kids. Watch an weep: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVn-MV8iq_U (the kids involved threw rocks in the US). (b) As to “strip search” and “humiliation”: in ALL Western countries, strip search is standard practice before an arrestee is locked up in a prison cell (the practice re police cells may be different at times) and can be extremely humiliating, especially for women when the “cavities” are searched! The goal is to make sure that the arrestee has no objects to harm himself or others. This practice in NO way amounts to Torture, Cruel or Inhuman/Degrading treatment under International law. The arrestee might feel humiliated, but his/her treatment does not constitute “humiliation”/”inhumane”/”cruel”, “degrading”, etc. within the meaning of the law!

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          • Ginger Eis

            (3rd post). (c) As to “physical violence”, “verbal abuse”, and “intimidation”, “position abuse”, “transfer on vehicle floor”: if there are no (suitable) seats available in the police vehicle, the arrestee will sit on the vehicle floor. Int. law does not mandate transfer in an executive chair! Arresting and handcuffing someone is already in- and of itself a form of physical violence. If the arrestee is violent and/or won’t cooperate with the arresting Officers and/or threatens said Officers, proportionate physical and verbal violence are allowed to restrain the arrestee and might mean holding the arrestee in an awkward position and that’s not “positional abuse” within the meaning of the law. Additionally, Officers are allowed to remind an arrestee of the risks of going to trial, the consequences of a possible criminal conviction, the sorrow he/she will bring to his family if convicted, etc. and ask him/her to cooperate in exchange for lighter sentence or no punishment at all. The arrestee might feel subjectively “intimidated”, “threatened” etc., but his/her treatment does not constitute “threats”, “intimidation”, “verbal abuse”, etc. within the meaning of the law and does NOT in any way amount to Torture, Cruel or Inhuman/Degrading treatment under International law, on the contrary, these are standard practices in ALL Western countries. (d) As to “Denial of access the toilet”: when an arrestee says: ‘I need to use the toilet’, he/she is escorted to- and from the toilet within the shortest possible time. Telling an arrestee to ‘hold on for a moment’ or something to that effect, in no way constitute Torture, Cruel or Inhuman/Degrading treatment under International law, on the contrary, it is standard practices in ALL Western countries. Even you yourselves at home do “hold it for a moment” to finish what you are already doing before heading to the toilet.

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          • Ginger Eis

            (4th/last post). (e)As to “solitary confinement”: holding someone in a single cell does not in- and of itself constitute “solitary confinement”, (some people even prefer to be alone and be left alone!). Suicide threats and other security related threats are legal ground to hold someone in a solitary confinement as prescribed by law and is standard practice in ALL Western countries and in no way constitutes Torture, Cruel or Inhuman/Degrading treatment under International law. (f) As to “denial of adequate food and water”: this is just nonsense and the word “adequate” in the phrase says it all. Apparently the arrestees are provide food and water, but the article contests the ‘adequacy’ of what was provided, while not explaining what the inadequacy refers to, e.g. hygiene? quantity? quality? halal, etc. and the basis for his allegation. (g) As to “threats of sexual assault”: this is pure unsubstantiated sewage, which no serious person should waste his/her time on (the burden of proof rests on the author’s shoulders)! (h) As to “Shown or signed paper in Hebrew”, “Not informed of right to remain silent”, “No lawyer present, Not informed of the reason for arrest (at the moment of arrest)”: even IF these are true, which they are not, they do NOT constitute Cruel or Inhuman/Degrading treatment under International law! The same goes for “Night arrest”, which under certain circumstances is standard practice in Western countries. The article is very big on false headline but falls fatally short on facts and evidence. The mediocrity of the people behind this smear campaign is really breathtaking. What a bunch of dunces!

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